Aesop tells a story about a fox that tried in vain to reach a cluster of grapes that dangled from a vine above his head. The fox leapt high to grasp the grapes, but the delicious-looking fruit remained just out of reach of his snapping jaws. After a few attempts the fox gave up and said to himself,

First and most obvious, setting up schools requires that learning take place in a defined place at a defined time. It brings together a group of people who do not necessarily have anything in common apart from their ignorance, and requires them to learn a subject through a sequence of arbitrarily defined attendance slots in a physical setting selected for…

Moral Conclusion For the moment Rosenthal will venture only one conclusion of a prescriptive nature from his decades of research: "Superb teachers can teach the "unteachable"; we know that. So, what I think this research shows is that there's a moral obligation for a teacher: if the teacher knows that certain students can't learn, that teacher should get out of…

How to cut drug use, violence in schools. A landmark Australian study that examined the smoking, drinking and drug taking uses of thousands of schoolchildren has shown there are ways to successfully intervene and cut high risk activities in adolescence. [School Education Headlines]

Communique from Ministerial Council for VTE. The Ministerial Council for Vocational and Technical Education (MCVTE) held an extraordinary meeting in Sydney to consider the options for the next stages of training reform. This Communique confirms Ministers' ongoing commitment to building a national training system, which will meet the challenge of improving future productivity and workforce participation, through the development of…

Tufts University Center for Cognitive Studies. The Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University is currently a research unit, offering no courses or degrees of its own, but providing an administrative home for various research projects in cognitive studies undertaken by the Co-directors and their associates. [Recent Items]

Higher education price too high. IT would come as a shock to many that course fees for Australian university students are second highest in the world. By Herald-Sun. [Herald Sun | Opinion]

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- One of the nation's leading educational theorists, who says intelligence can be measured in ways beyond test scores and standard assessments, comes to the Lakewood Ranch campus of The Out-of-Door Academy next week. Dr. Howard Gardner introduced the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983 and has since applied the concept worldwide and brought its tenets to millions.…

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